In the midst of an intermittent snow fall, the Ohio State Buckeyes took on the Indiana Hoosiers in Columbus, Ohio. After last season’s close battle, people expected something similar this season. The results on the field turned out to be very different with the Bucks securing a 42-14 win over the (surprising!) scoring challenged Hoosiers. With the win, the Buckeyes advanced their win streak to a school record 23 victories. They also claimed at least a share of the Leaders Division, and a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game, possessing the tie-breaker over Wisconsin.
Braxton Miller did not throw much considering the weather, but hit better than last week with 11/17 for 160 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. He added 144 yards and 2 touchdowns on 13 carries for the day. Joining him on the ground was Carlos Hyde, who picked up 117 yards and 2 touchdowns on 18 carries, and surpassed 1000 yards rushing for the season for the first time in his career on his senior day. Jeff Heuerman led all receivers with 59 yards on 2 receptions, while Dontre Wilson caught 3 passes for 32 yards and a touchdown. For Indiana, Nate Sudfeld connected on 25 of 41 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Tre Roberson led all rushers with 12 carries for 79 yards, while Kofi Hughes picked up 9 receptions for 120 yards.
With the potential for snowy, windy conditions the Buckeyes planned in advance to bank on the rushing game. They started with a little toss to Dontre Wilson, getting away from the wide receiver screen they had run the last few games. A huge breakout run from Miller for 41 yards put the Buckeyes in great scoring position, which Carlos Hyde was able to take advantage of. Two carries gave Hyde his 14th touchdown of the season, this one from 16 yards out.
Lots of love needs to be given to this very veteren offensive line. They open holes in the running game better than many lines I’ve seen in a long time, which is a huge help to Hyde, Miller and Wilson. Even better is the wide receiver blocking, which I lambasted 2 years ago when the Buckeyes played Colorado and got no blocking from the skill players. That has improved immensely, and takes just a few more defenders out of the play.
Not surprisingly, Indiana was prepared for this game. Possessing the second best offense in the Big Ten (which, honestly, isn’t saying a lot), they blocked well and moved the ball smartly on the ground from the get-go. They earned the first opportunity to move the chains on second down, but were forced into a three and out on their next chance. On third down and one, the Buckeye D-line swallowed up a run up the middle to end the drive.
It’s the last time we’ll get to see a few of the key members of this team wearing Scarlet in Columbus. Let’s make sure to remind them how much we appreciate all the work they’ve put in these last four seasons.
The game is scheduled to tip at 3:30 PM eastern on ABC (for the East/Central, roughly) and ESPN2 (for the Mountain/Pacific, roughly). Make sure to stop by and chat with all of your favorite Buckeye friends and bloggers!
Before Senior Day at Ohio State, Urban Meyer joins Ohio State Insider Jim Lachey to discuss how the Buckeyes are dealing with injuries and the prospects of facing Indiana’s high powered offense.
Thanks as always to the team at Campus Insiders for the insight!
Also, if you haven’t seen it already, this video from the Athletic Department in preparation for tomorrow’s game is spectacular: Read More
The Hoosiers come to town this week to face the Buckeyes. Let’s see what our staff wishes are for Senior Day:
And so, we draw closer to another season in Ohio Stadium. Senior Day is always special, but this one even more so… and there’s more work yet to be done. Aw, heck… I’m getting all choked up just thinking about it. Here, listen to the soundtrack and enjoy your Thursday.
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
I was only able to narrow the gap by one game, thanks to Michigan’s choke job against Big Brother in East Lansing and thanks to Gary for deciding to pick every other game the same way I did.
Way to be original. Should I do your laundry and make your bed for you too, Gary?
I’m running out of chances to catch up so I may have to take a few chances the next couple weeks.
Just to recap last week, we had a decent record. We were right with our picks of Wisconsin, Nebraska, OSU and Penn State. We missed with Indiana over Minnesota.
Looking at today’s games, Gary likes Iowa over Purdue, Illinois over Indiana and Michigan over Nebraska.
“Purdue is awful in every category … Illinois can’t outscore Indiana and Pelini is working on his walking papers,” said Gary.
He forgot to give me a pick on Penn State at Minnesota so I shall pick for him and give him Penn State. The Badgers have a bye week with BYU.
Not a bad selection of winners. Of course it wasn’t that difficult. I like Iowa and Michigan as well. I know Illinois is due for a win, but it won’t happen in Bloomington. I’ll agree on Wisconsin and I shall take my first calculated risk and take Minnesota over Penn State.
I think Penn State has more talent but I can’t make up games if I’m not different.
Not sure who is worse, Purdue or Illinois and I wouldn’t dare take either of them this week.
So to recap:
Gary: Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin.
Scott: Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Several hotels in Las Vegas have offered to comp me as often as I want to visit as long as I continue to pick games so poorly.
After 17 games yours truly sits at a Pepto Abysmal 9-8 while Gary is sitting pretty at 13-4.
I think just to avoid any further embarrassment I’m going to mimic his picks the rest of the season.
That wouldn’t be fun.
Of course neither is this.
Last week was pretty lame. We both guessed right with OSU over Penn State. We both were wrong with Northwestern and Nebraska.
But the Dantonio Effect worked again as Sparty beat Chief Illiniweck.
We have a full slate this week so fasten the seat belts and get ready.
Actually this one is pretty easy. Gary and I agree on all the games but one. We are both taking Wisconsin over Iowa, Indiana over Minnesota, Nebraska over Northwestern, Penn State over Illinois and Purdue over Ohio State.
Just kidding on that last one. Wanted to see if you paying attention.
I am ready to jump on the Dantonio Bandwagon and take the Green and White over the Maize and Blue, but Gary isn’t showing the love.
“Time for Sparty to choke, much like you on your picks,” he said.
So let’s recap:
Scott and Gary: Wisconsin, Indiana, Nebraska, Penn State, Ohio State.
Scott: Michigan State
#1 Indiana versus #4 Wisconsin
The first ten minutes of the first half has been back and forth with neither team wanting to pull ahead. However, back to back three pointers by Indiana’s Watford and Abell helped pushed the Hoosiers to a 5 point at the under 8 media timeout. But the Badgers refused to back down thanks to the efforts of Ryan Evans on the offensive boards and key three point shots by Ben Brust and Mike Bruesewitz that put them ahead 26-22 at the final media timeout of the first half. Wisconsin was able to sustain a late flurry by Indiana to hold a 34-31 lead at halftime. Evans leads all scores at the half with 10 while Indiana’s Watord and Oladipo both have 8.
The first ten minutes of the second half were nothing but a game of runs. Wisconsin opened the half with a 6-0 run to open a nine point. Indiana immediately answered with a 9-0 run of their own. The Badgers’ Evans then took the team on his shoulders leading them on a 10-3 run and a 50-43 lead at the mid-way point of the second half. The Hoosiers tried and tried down the stretch to take the game over but Evans refused to let it happen as his 16 points paved the way to Wisconsin’s 68-56 victory over Indiana.
Tom Crean will now have to “Deal with It” as he awaits his tournament seeding while the Badgers await the winner of the second game between Michigan State and Ohio State. Be sure to check out our live blog during that game and check out our review of the game afterwards!